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'Garbage'...Former US Ambassador to Ja defends Kamala Harris against race critic

Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 11:34 AM
Former United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno, addressing the launch of the Small Business Development Centre Model in Jamaica on January 23, 2015 – Ricardo Makyn photo

Former United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno, has defended presidential hopeful American-Jamaican, Senator Kamala Harris, who has faced online attacks about her race.

“As the only black person on this stage, I would like to speak on the issue of race,” Harris said during last Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate.

She spoke of her experience growing up black, recalling a story about neighbours who wouldn’t let their children play with Harris and her sister because of the colour of their skin.

That’s when she was attacked on Twitter by a conservative provocateur Ali Alexander for not being an “American black”.

“She is half Indian and half Jamaican,” Alexander wrote.

“She is a brown woman. I'm not going to rob her of anything but I will not allow her to rob my people and our history.”

Moreno, in a post on Twitter, hit back at Alexander, calling his criticisms against Harris "garbage".

Totally non-partisan comment, but as the former US Ambassador to Jamaica, this is a garbage take.

Lily Adams, the campaign communications director for Harris, dismissed the attacksObama was born in Hawaii.

Harris, 54, was born in Oakland, California, to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who were both immigrants.

She has directly confronted critics before who have questioned her black heritage, her record incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor, and marrying a white man.

- Jerome Reynolds

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